I was lucky enough to be able to visit Barbados last month for the 12th World Show which was held at the LLoyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown. I visited on the first open day, although the venue was well air conditioned to keep the flowers in good condition for longer. As you went in, the entrance foyer was filled with huge international honorary exhibits – over 25 different countries were represented and many had used flowers in the colour of their national flag. The rest of the venue was filled with competitive entries in 25 classes – there were some wonderful arrangements and lots of exotic flowers and foliage that we rarely see here in the UK.
In the evening I attended a fantastic demonstration from 2 great guys, Dr Solomon Leong from Hong Kong and Craig Bullock from the UK who together filled the stage with a striking display of arrangements. I took lots of photographs and a small selection of them are below.
We had a really lovely evening last night when Melissa Sheldrake, a National Demonstrator, visited us from her home in the East of England to present a demonstration entitled ‘Flight of Fancy’. Each of her arrangements depicted either a mode of transport or something that flies and her creations were both unusual and imaginative. As Melissa worked she chatted about her National Test which she passed at the end of last year, recited poetry related to NAFAS and to flower arranging, played relevant music as well as informed us about the flowers and foliage she was using. Her husband accompanied her to help move and display the ambitious mechanics Melissa used, all made by her husband! Some had moving parts, some had hidden extras – all were unique and colourful and the overall effect was wonderful. Melissa kept us thoroughly entertained and we wish her luck in her forthcoming visit to Barbados where she is competing. Shown below are photos of 2 of her arrangements – the magical NAFAS bird and an angel.
We were delighted to welcome Theresa Rodrigues to our June meeting when she presented ‘From Root to Bloom’. It was also good to see so many members who had braved the tremendous thunder storms and flooding to attend the meeting.
In contrast to the weather outside it was lovely to be transported to Malaysia and hear of Theresa’s background and return visits to her homeland with her family. There were floral designs representing a childhood memory of a fishing village off the Malacca Strait, the Petronas Towers, the Night Market in Kuala Lumpar, the Island of Eagles and the lusciousness of the Botanical Gardens.
All the stunning, vibrant arrangements really depicted the landmarks she was describing and were in wonderful, complimentary containers. Many different types of flowers were used including both cymbidium and Singapore orchids, gloriosa lilies, anthuriums, lilies, tuberose, strelitzia and my favourites – tulipa ricocco and a double hydrangea ‘Beauty Pageant’. Foliage was just as varied and was representative of the verdant rain forest. Theresa kindly agreed to share one photo with us – guess which landmark this was!
Thank you Theresa for a very enjoyable evening sharing your skill and your love of flowers with us- we hope you and all the audience had a safe and trouble free journey home.
Over twenty members attended the workshop at Bromham on May 7th. A member’s comment of ‘I had a brilliant day and Gill was fantastic, such an inspiration with all her great ideas’ sums up what was a really enjoyable and instructive day.
Thank you to Gill and to Ann G and Penny for organising the day. Just a couple of pictures below to indicate what some of us achieved.
What an enjoyable evening we had this month when Irene Bowkett presented ‘Curtain Up’. Her colourful and dramatic designs together with her energetic, entertaining and humorous commentary (in addition to her giving us helpful tips along the way) kept us all relaxed, attentive and amused throughout.
Her arrangements were all associated with entertainment; we started with a performance of Buttons and Bows, we payed homage to Carmen Miranda and Liberace and visited performances of The Lion King, Madame Butterfly and Joseph and His Amazing Technicolour Dream Coat.
All the designs were bright and bold. Plant material included soft ruscus, laurel, fern, broom and pussy willow. Flowers included Singapore orchids, gerberas, carnations, anthuriums , Captain arum lilies, Miss Piggy, aqua and grand prix roses, white and green Anastasia chrysanthemums, delphiniums and statice. Containers, additional props and extra arrangements (so there were many very happy raffle winners) all contributed to a stunning stage display at the end of the evening.
The refreshments, sales table and plant stall all added to the enjoyment of the evening – thank you to Irene and everyone who worked hard to make it so successful.
We were so pleased to welcome many friends and visitors to our Open Evening and to see a packed hall for Jonathan Moseley’s ‘In Special Celebration’ presentation as we continued to celebrate our Emerald Anniversary year.
Jonathan’s knowledge and obvious love of flowers and plant material was evident throughout and his commentary was entertaining, interesting and humorous – there was a very relaxed atmosphere to the evening even when there were gremlins within the sound system and lighting!
All the arrangements were very different but equally stunning. The containers varied from milk churns and wire work baskets to straw rings as we celebrated events from parties to Autumn. Many varieties of garden foliage were used and the flowers included strelitzia, orchid, gerbera, sunflowers, roses, gladioli, lisianthus to name a few – we could almost fill a side of paper if we listed them all!
All six main designs were embellished by additional, slightly different arrangements which meant there were very many happy raffle prize winners at the end of the evening. After adding other artefacts and small arrangements, the final stage was a magnificent display of stunning flowers.
The standing ovation at the end of the evening signified everyone’s enjoyment and the audience’s appreciation of Jonathan’s vision, skill and presentation.
Thank you Jonathan for a wonderful evening and to everyone else – committee and helpers who contributed to make the evening such a success.
One of our members – Ikuyo – also enjoyed her visit to Ely Cathedral and has offered to share her photographs of the day with us. Enjoy! …
It was National Flower Arranging Day on 3rd May and to recognise the day, two of our committee members did arrangements for local businesses. Photographs below.
On April 2nd we departed from our usual format of having a NAFAS demonstrator but instead 3 of our Club members each agreed to lead a mini workshop. Lynn showed us how to make beautiful fragranced ‘flowers’ from slices of citrus fruits, Sandra did a variety of things using just a simple ‘Supermarket’ bunch of flowers and Ann created modern vertical arrangements again with a ‘supermarket’ bunch. After a break for complimentary drinks and nibbles everyone was invited to have a go at making something using flowers provided by the club. It was a lovely evening and a few photos are below….